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10/16/01

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Humans, with the capacities of higher-order thinking, can overcome limiting behaviors and fears.

Paul R. Scheele

Prince - Puff Daschle, the Mails and the Media

Now that the inner circle got penetrated, Congress will show their true colors and start to take action. Action to protect their own. But will there be any overspill for the rest of us? Now the talk is that the bicameral bodies want to finish this term, as soon as possible and high tail back to their districts. For some, this may well be their first visit back home between elections.

The Daschle response made you think that he was practicing his remarks by biting his lip. How reassuring his press announcements that the Capital Hill police force is in charge! Did you notice that this 'so called' anthrax attack was taken to the Army medical research facility at Fort Detrick, Md; and not sent to the CDC in Atlanta? Well, why not, all that experience in germ warfare development is back in the 'Black-Eyed Susan' state.

Anyone like to explain why that envelope took the better part of a month to be opened by the senator's staff? Now there is an excuse that all mailing from the government, will be outgoing only.

Would not be surprised with Trent Lott's response to Senator Jeffords. You can hear him saying, JIM: Thank you for making the puff man senate majority leader.

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It can't be ?

The mails are no longer safe, or so says the Postal Union. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service quickly reassures the public that they are on top of the problem, while rubber gloves are sold out at Walmart.

The simple solution for revamping the national mail system, after several years of commission studies, will be going to bar code recognition. You will be assigned an individual code and will be able to lease from any local post office, a small device that will ensure that your letters and envelops will identify the mailer. Stamps! A thing of the past. Just think of all the savings when you become part of the new and improved USPS.

Without all those long lines to buy stamps, there will be all kinds of space available to advertise those most wanted posters. Adam Walsh, watch out; CBS has their our program version in the works to go along with that sitcom on rising from the ashes of the WTC. You can see the commercials for the bar code as a tie in to the fugitive watch. The pilot you guessed it, for this comedy series will be about a widow.

If the executives at the 'Tiffany Network' were really smart they could have Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal be their pitch man, offering a check for a kool ten million to be won for signing up for the 'stampless security system'. Giuliani could even make guest appearances as a suitor for the dame from the city of fame.

The 'Agency', that other new program, about CIA (or is that AND) terrorists will have episodes rewritten for a Puff-Daddy spot. The success of the movie Traffic, just shows how much good press a politician can get when he has the correct lighting. Daschle looks so good on camera and he has no problem reading from a script, he's PERFECT!

His first colloquy could come from his most recent statement: "This Senate and this institution will not stop. We will not cease our business". Maybe he needs to stick to the screenplay. The last thing the public wants to hear, is more of the same kind of business from our political institutions that has brought us such great security.

The anthrax scares are just that, scares of alarm blown out of all reasonable dimension. The American public suffers from a parochial view of their own self worth that is leading the country into an allusion of provincial fears. Proportion is absent, and common sense has been abandoned. The dread that politicians have is proper. They are the target of those who hate their policies. No one deserves to suffer at the hands of terror, but some come with baggage of guilt dripping form their own hands. Should they be in a panic over their own safety? That's for you to judge, based upon the deeds of their misuse of power.

The absurd comedy of this farce would be funny if it was not so tragic. When the appeal of Bin Talal is rebuffed by the newly knighted 'Prince Giuliani' we build our own fear. What is wrong with addressing the Saudi's remarks? "At times like this one, we must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack. I believe the government of the United States of America should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balance stance toward the Palestinian cause." The mails are safe, it is our fears that need to be sent to a new address. Our politicians are secure if they apply their trade with intelligence and balance. As for the media, their right to publish will not shield them until they speak the Truth. Isn't this all worth the effort to open the debate and correct past mistakes?

Who knows, if we resist prudent efforts for seeking solutions, the ABA might just become the next target! Then who would be left to file all the law suits?

SARTRE - October 16, 2001

Whenever we're afraid, its because we don't know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid.

Earl Nightingale

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